Alleged bomb maker fails to show up to court

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man accused of making bombs in his stepfather’s garage has been ordered to show up to court on Wednesday after failing to appear on Tuesday.

The defense for Michael O’Neill, a Wheatfield man, says they did not have enough time to prepare written waivers for O’Neill’s appearance in court. A judge conditionally would have waived the Tuesday hearing if O’Neill was still hospitalized, but he recently left the hospital and is in custody at the Chautauqua County Jail.

O’Neill was hospitalized after an explosion in July forced the amputation of part of his leg. Police say a bomb O’Neill was making exploded on him, sparking police investigation and the response of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad.

The investigation led to a federal grand jury’s decision to indict O’Neill on charges of making and unlawfully possessing a destructive device.

At an order of a judge, O’Neill will appear on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in U.S. District Court to be arraigned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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